Party hair made simple, by Hollywood's biggest hairstylist Adir Abergel – HarpersBAZAAR.com


As the go-to hairstylist for Hollywood’s biggest names – from Kristen Stewart to Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Garner and Anne Hathaway – Adir Abergel’s work has been a red carpet fixture for 25 years. While celebrating these women’s individuality through their hair, he simultaneously inspires us onlookers to try new styles.

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Of course, doing occasion hair on oneself isn’t the same as having a talent like Abergel do it for you, but he believes that by starting with the right foundations anything is possible. That’s why he agreed to become creative director for Virtue, innovative haircare that uses a patented protein ethically sourced from human hair.It’s changing the way that people are now able to deal with their hair,” he tells us, explaining that he’s building styling products around the range that restores and repairs your hair. With this in mind we asked the artist for his ultimate hairstyling hacks, from product tips to styling tricks.

Short, long, up or down; read this guide to infinitely up your hair game.

Adir Abergel (L) and actress Jennifer Garner

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To salon blow-dry, or not to salon blow-dry:

“Doing blow-outs that have too much product in so hair doesn’t move and is stiff doesn’t feel modern and cool. Think about 60s French girls with hair that’s touchable and like hands can run through it – that’s sexy, but stiff and not moveable feels dated. That’s why a lot of people actually want to do their own hair instead of going to a salon so it doesn’t look like you’ve had your hair ‘done’.”

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Try a salon blow-dry the night before your party

“If you do want a professional blow-out, it almost always better a day later after you’ve slept on it, and becomes a little bit deconstructed – without having to use product to get to that point. So for an occasion try visiting the salon the night before.”

If you DIY your blow-dry, let it mostly air dry first

“Use paper towels on your hair when it’s wet which will remove so much more moisture than a regular or microfibre towel. Then I believe you should let your hair dry about 80 to 90 per cent before putting heat on it. If you have a fringe always dry that first while it’s still wet, twist your damp hair up into a knot while it dries and then do your blow-dry if you’re going to do that.”

How to refresh your blow-dry after work

“I got a great hack recently when I styled Faye Dunaway for the new Gucci campaign: She said ‘Adir, when you go to refresh my hair, use an Evian mister [the Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray] on the sections of my hair and then use a round brush with the blow-dryer’ – to give the hair back the moisture. Because if you re-blow-dry dry hair it will just take out more moisture, so this gives you back shine, bounce and volume. It’s a great tip to refresh your blow-dry after work.”

Be mindful about when you wash it

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“If you’re styling your hair at home it will be easier on day-old washed hair because it gives you a little more grip; sometimes if it’s too clean it’s slippery so it won’t hold. But for hairdressers giving you a certain style I think it’s much better that they wash it, because they can get more integrity out of the shine and texture.”

Try the parting pinch

“This is what I do on Sienna [Miller] and Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] and all those girls. Pinch the hair at your parting together and spray it with hairspray, let it set a bit before removing the pinch. It creates that really nice lift at the root, and closes in your hairline, framing your face. The hairspray [below] will help it stay like that.”

Virtue Finale Shaping Spray

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Key product: Virtue Finale Shaping Spray, £17 SHOP

How to achieve cool waves

“Making curls look too tight can feel dated, and a lot of people end up using their curling iron in the wrong direction. So when you’re curing your hair at home, tilt your head completely to the side you’re working on, take the iron pointed down and work away from the hand you’re using. If your head is tilted while you’re curling it, you’re never going to burn your face, you’ll always get the right direction and it will fall and look relaxed. When you take your section out of the iron or tong, tug on it and hold on it until it cools down – this will give you the perfect relaxed waves.”

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Try mousse instead of salt spray

“I just did this on Jessica Biel for the Emmy Awards to get the right texture. What I like to do is the Moisture-Defining Whip once the hair is all cooled down and scrunch it in to the waves. What’s nice about this mousse (not all mousses!), is it breaks up the wave in the way that a beach spray would but without the dryness. That’s the secret to cool texture. Most people would never use a mousse on dry hair.”

Virtue Moisture-Defining Whip

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Key product: Virtue Moisture-Defining Whip, £17 SHOP

If it goes wrong

“Up-dos require a bit of texture in the hair – so if you do a wave on yourself and it looks a bit rubbish, put it up and it will look good!”

How to make up-dos easy

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“If you create the right texture first, up-dos look cool and not ‘done’. So first have a bit of a bend in it. You can take your iron very quickly in any direction and create a broken up effect. Spray a little bit of dry shampoo all over for more texture. Then a great way to wear it up is to easily twist it into a shape that feels a little bit deconstructed, then using a great accessory like a clip or pin secure it into an easy twist. Like what you did in high school, it’s a simple. Think about placement, then play. For a French twist style start right at the middle of the head. If you’re going to do a low bun do it right at the nape. If you want a cool topknot vibe then twist it right on the top of your head.”

To make short hair look ‘done’

“You can play with textures, for example pomades to make it a little more shiny. Create different partings. So, if you’re going to do a deep side part, follow the highest arch of your brow, that’s a great placement. For a middle part follow the arch of your nose. A lot of the time our brows aren’t exactly right, but that is a good indicator. Play with proportions of the hair being higher vs close to the head. For height use a Lifting Powder, it will give you great memory around your root area and more of a pompadour feel maybe and slicked a little on the side.”

Play with accessories

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I find amazing threads, fabrics to cut up and ribbons at fabric stores – those are all incredible to play with. Think outside the box, push yourself and try something new. You want it to look chic not cheap, so think of it as jewellery, not just a hair accessory. Then you’ve got a look with minimal effort!

I created my own hair accessories line for Lelet NY and also rate Jennifer Behr and Rachel Black Millinery.

Maintenance on the night:

“Think about your hair like architecture. If you’re building without the right foundations it will collapse. So it’s the same with hair. Always start and end with products.

“For an up-do I always send my girls off onto the red carpet with a few extra pins and for flyaways a tiny travel toothbrush sprayed with some product (so they don’t have to take the actual product). I usually put some of the 6-in-1 Styler or the Polish UnFrizz Cream on it, so they can literally touch-up if any frizz appears. When you go to the bathroom, don’t touch your hair with your hands – that’s what collapses hairstyles from your natural oils – simply touch it up with the toothbrush if you need to!”

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream, £19

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Key product: Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream, £19 SHOP



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